I am interested in what members thought of their Open House experience.
My own was not too good.
For one thing there was far too little time to see all the houses in the time allotted to them - generally between 2 pm - 5 pm Sat or Sun last.
The Army Barracks open house was cancelled.
I think that this one was never on really, given the amount of additional activities in a barracks every Saturday : having packs of nosy browsers wandering around could never be allowed in a environment here everyone must be seen to be doing something visibly purposeful.
Mary I's tour guide could not be located anywhere on the campus at 11:30 am.
I got to see 1 country house yesterday - Ballinvirick House in Askeaton.
But the whole thing - waiting for the next tour, the tours - house, back gardens and stables/pond, etc - took about 1 hour and that prevented me getting to Fanningstown Castle for another house.
The guide booklet was instructive enough - not least on Andy Devane - but I feel that this event was poorly thought through from the logistical point of view.
This range of houses needed much more time for them to be seen - if they were shown at all.